Most wedding receptions will have music, dancing, and an emcee. However, if you have a wide range of guests who don’t all know one another, planning a few fun games to play during the festivities is a creative way to break the ice. Below are a few activities to add to the itinerary to ensure a lively and entertaining event.
Game Ideas for Your Wedding Reception
- I Spy Wedding Game
The game is one that people can casually play throughout the reception while mingling with other guests. The bride and groom may include a list of moments to capture next to each place setting at the tables. Attendees can then use their cameras to snap photos of items on the list, like sparkling drinks, someone making a funny face, and a group selfie. Create a social media page for the wedding so people can upload and share these images during the festivities.
- Guest Bingo
While the wedding party is taking photos, the emcee can lead the guests in a game of Bingo. When you send out invitations, include a card for each recipient to fill out stating a fact about themselves or an answer to a specific question. Compile the answers to create Bingo cards with this information. The game is also a fun way for attendees to get to know one another.
- Arcade Station
To entertain younger guests, set up a mini arcade inside the wedding reception venue. Place a few couches around a projector or TV screen hooked to video game consoles. The emcee can keep track of high scores and guests’ names to award prizes throughout the event. You can also rent classic arcade options, like pinball and Pac-Man®, and other toys to give older guests a sense of nostalgia.
- High Striker
If you are hosting an outdoor wedding, renting a few carnival games will add whimsy to the event. High Striker is a popular option for both kids and adults to enjoy. The objective of the game is to use a mallet to strike a puck on a lever, trying to ring the bell at the top. As a fun twist, the bride and groom must kiss each time the bell rings.
- Giant Jenga®
Instead of moving small, stackable wooden slats, wedding guests can play with life-size blocks in a giant game of Jenga. Check if a novelty store in your area already has the option or rent or order it online. The activity is ideal for outdoor events and will make for many memorable photos.
If you are looking for a beautiful, affordable wedding venue in Vineland, NJ, reach out to the event coordinators at Eastlyn Golf Course & The Greenview Inn. Beyond providing a comfortable space to accommodate all your guests, our staff also offers planning advice to streamline the process and ensure the festivities are memorable. To learn more about options for indoor and outdoor occasions, call (856) 691-5558, ext. 3 to book an event space. Follow the team on Facebook for photos and updates.